UNM HSC Office for Diversity

MSC08 4680
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Phone: (505) 272-2728
Fax: (505) 272-6857

Diversity of Human Experience

Diversity of the Human Experience is a required course for all first, second, and third year students. The first year course involves 9 hours of large and small group learning experiences, selected readings, case study, and reflective writing. The second year course includes 6.5 hours of small group work that focuses on skill development in the areas of personal values assessment and handling values conflicts (values clarification), recognition and reduction of biases that affect clinical care, and addressing manifestations of historical trauma and mistrust in clinical encounters. The third year course involves 4.5 hours of small group work that enables students to reflect on their clinical work thus far and how cultural diversity has impacted the care their patients received. It also includes the development of skills that can be used to address challenging cultural encounters in clinical settings. 

Over 20 faculty members from the Health Sciences Center and Main Campus have committed to serving as course facilitators. Faculty include physicians from various specialties, psychologists, researchers, and others who are interested in diversity and cultural aspects of health care. 

Curriculum Goals:

  1. Expand on students’ foundational knowledge of existing health disparities to enable students to articulate the ways in which cultural competence in health care improves provider effectiveness and promotes health equity.
  2. Create learning experiences and a safe learning environment that allow students to examine attitudes which practitioners and patients bring to clinical encounters that impact care that is delivered/received, understand that their own biases affect patient interaction and health outcomes, and value other ways of experiencing illness (diverse explanatory models).
  3. Provide students with the skills to effectively communicate and negotiate across cultures and languages.